Southern and NOLA-themed restaurants in Toronto

Bourbon, gumbo and Mardi Gras beads: Many would say that New Orleans is one of the most magical places in North America. Toronto has embraced the culinary traditions of the Big Easy with a slew of NOLA-themed restaurants and watering holes. Whether serving up a bowl of crawfish or a sparkling Sazerac, the following restaurants will knock your socks off faster than you can say beignet.[Image credit: iStock.com/rebeccafondren]

N'awlins Jazz Bar & Dining

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299 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J5

Smack in the centre of the Entertainment District, N’awlins Jazz & Dining boasts not only a delectable menu but a fine roster of live jazz shows. Dishes include Cajun catfish or the seafood medley, a mix of calamari, Cajun tiger shrimp, blackened scallops and lobster tail served upon a bed of jumbalaya. They also offer a pre-Mirvish Theatre special menu with items like gumbo soup and Bourbon Street penne – a mix of bacon, chicken, and cremini mushrooms in a vodka rosé sauce.

Southern Accent Restaurant, Bar & Express

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839 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A1

Located in an old Victorian house in the Mirvish Village, Southern Accent has been serving authentic New Orleans fare for over 30 years. Popular dishes include their Canal Street jambalaya, sweet potato brownie, and the Bourbon Street chicken. Perhaps most notable is their wide variety of bourbon, served from their 1940s-style bar. They even have an in-house psychic available for readings (Marie Laveau would approve).

New Orleans Seafood & Steakhouse

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267 Scarlett Rd, York, ON M6N 4L1

Founded in 2005, this sleek restaurant tries to capture the essence of New Orleans. Appetizers include the New Orleans gumbo Yaya (dark roux soup with chicken, sausage and rice) and the coconut beer Shrimp, served with a marmalade sauce. This chic location in Smythe Park also offers an impressive wine list and spirits selection.

Roux

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2790 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y5

Operating under the motto “north is the new south,” Roux brings scrumptious southern Créole fare to Toronto. Located on Dundas West, this funky spot offers a wide bourbon and beer selection, and a supper menu that includes small plates like shrimp and yam fritters as well as mains like the Southern vegetarian potpie, pork belly and catfish, and the Yardbird – a southern-style fried chicken served with waffles, bourbon maple syrup, mash, slaw, and grits.

Native to both saltwater and freshwater habitats, mussels are truly a unique treat, whether served steamed, smoked, barbequed or fried. They're also an excellent source of selenium and B12. Paired with fresh frites, soft bread or dropped into a scrumptious seafood stew, mussels represent a culinary tradition that’s alive and well in Toronto. [Image credit: iStock.com/ChristianColmer]
Trinity Bellwoods is one of Toronto’s top spots to soak in the sun all summer long, not to mention one of best beaten paths for dog owners during winter, spring and fall. Whether catching a match of tennis or lounging in the dog bowl, activities always go better with a good cup of joe. The following is a list of the best close-by cafés and coffee shops to keep you peppy all day long. [Featured image: The Tampered Press]
Absinthe is one of the most mysterious of liquors, with its origins in 18th century Switzerland. With an anise-flavour and greenish colour, Absinthe is one of the most sought after – and hard to find – alcoholic drinks on the market, popular among bohemians, academics and artists alike. The following is a list of places you can go in Toronto to dance with the green fairy. [Image credit: iStock.com/augustproject] 
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